McReynolds Talks UCLA, Future Visits

"It was an unbelievable experience," said Kevin McReynolds ,the much-coveted defensive tackle prospect from St. John's College in Washington, D.C., about his official trip to UCLA...

Kevin McReynolds, the 6-foot-3, 280-pound four-star defensive tackle from St. John's College in Washington, D.C., took his first official visit last weekend, Dec.4, to UCLA for their rivalry game against USC.

"It was an unbelievable experience," McReynolds said. "I can't say enough good things about it. The Rose Bowl has so much tradition and history…it's unbelievable."

Needless to say McReynolds had a good time in Los Angeles. "Everything out there is great," he said. "It was different and something I never experienced before. The weather was amazing and the people were different too. It's a different attitude over there."

The Bruins' loss to their cross-town rival didn't dampen their ability to impress McReynolds, who was on the cover of SuperPrep's pre-season magazine. "Everyone was really up-beat," he said. "Even though they had an up and down year, they're very positive."

He says that positive attitude starts with head coach Rick Neuheisel. "Coach Neuheisel is a players' coach," he said. "Everyone likes him."

McReynolds said he also enjoyed getting to know (four-star) quarterback Brett Hundley (from Chandler, Ariz.), who is already committed to the Bruins. "He's cool," he said. "We talked a whole lot and got along real well. It would be great to be on the same team."

Another thing that McReynolds likes about the Bruins is his chances of playing early. "They said I'd be able to play right away," he said. "They think I could make a big difference."

McReynolds, ranked as the No. 23 defensive tackle in the country by, still denies a leader but favors Oregon, Arkansas, UCLA, South Carolina and Syracuse. All have offered.

He is taking his official visit to Syracuse this weekend, Dec. 10. "I like that the program is going in the right direction," he said. "They said I'd be able to be early there too."

The Orange coaches plan on visiting McReynolds at home sometime next week. "I've been crazy busy, so I haven't been able to have any in-home visits yet," he said.

McReynolds' schedule doesn't look like it's going to lighten up much as he's taking three official visits in January. "I plan on taking all of them," he said. "I won't be making a commitment until signing day. My biggest thing is if I feel at home there…that's most important."

Although it's not officially set yet, he says he might be visiting Arkansas on Jan. 7.

"They play in the SEC and I think they're close to playing for a national championship," he said. "They came very close this season to being undefeated."

Razorbacks head coach Bobby Petrino has been mentioned as a possible candidate to replace coach Urban Meyer at Florida, but McReynolds says he's not thinking about those rumors right now.

"I've heard it mentioned and stuff, but I'm not worried about it," he said. "If it happens then I'll think about it."

The following week, Jan. 14, he should be visiting Oregon. "They're going to the national championship," he said about the Ducks. "I like their style and how resilient they are. They don't quit and keep winning. I think they'll do well against Auburn."

His final visit will be to South Carolina. "It'll probably be that last week in January," he said.

McReynolds says he's been impressed with what the Gamecocks were able to accomplish this season. "That program has really done great under coach Steve Spurrier," he said. "He's a winner and he knows what it takes to be a winner."

He reports a 2.9 core GPA and an 18 ACT retake.

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